|Born||August 27, 1966|
|Institutions||Harvard University (2003-)
University of California, San Diego 1995-1996
|Alma mater||Tufts University
University of Michigan
|Notable awards||Bancroft Prize (1999)|
Jill Lepore (born August 27, 1966) is a professor of American history at Harvard University and chair of Harvard's History and Literature Program. She is a staff writer at The New Yorker, and her essays and reviews have also appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The American Scholar, and in scholarly journals including the Journal of American History, The American Historical Review, and American Quarterly.
Lepore's book New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan (Knopf, 2005) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History and received an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Lepore's recent biography of Jane Franklin Mecom, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
Youth and education
Lepore was born and grew up in West Boylston, a small town outside of Worcester, Massachusetts. Although she had no early desire to become a historian, she claims to have wanted to be a writer from the age of six. Lepore entered college with an ROTC scholarship, starting as a math major. Eventually she left ROTC and changed her major to English.
Lepore earned her B.A. in English from Tufts University in 1987, an M.A. in American Culture from University of Michigan in 1990, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1995, where she specialized in the history of early America.
Lepore taught at the University of California-San Diego from 1995 to 1996 and at Boston University from 1996 before starting at Harvard in 2003. In addition to her books and articles on history, in 2008 Lepore published a historical novel, Blindspot, written with co-author Jane Kamensky, a history professor at Brandeis University. Previously, Lepore and Kamensky had co-founded an online history journal called Common-place.
Lepore has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2005.
Awards and honors
- 1999 Bancroft Prize for The Name of War (1998). It also won the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Berkshire Prize, and was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Award.
- 2006 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award (nonfiction) for New York Burning (2005)
- 2006 Pulitzer Prize for History finalist for New York Burning (2005)
- 2012 Sarah Josepha Hale Award
- 2013 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay runner-up
- 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction finalist for Book of Ages
- 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, finalist for The Mansion of Happiness
- 2014 Elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- 2014 American History Book Prize for The Secret History of Wonder Woman
- Lepore, Jill (1998). The name of war : King Philip's War and the origins of American identity. New York: Knopf.
- Encounters in the New World: A History in Documents, 1999
- A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States, 2002
- New York Burning: Liberty and Slavery in an Eighteenth-Century City, 2005
- Blindspot: A Novel, with Jane Kamensky, 2008
- The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle over American History, Princeton University Press, 2010
- The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death, 2012
- The Story of America: Essays on Origins, 2012
- Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, 2013
- The Secret History of Wonder Woman, 2014
Essays and reporting
- Lepore, Jill (June 2001). "Historians who love too much : reflections on microhistory and biography". Journal of American History 88 (1): 129–144.
- — (March 24, 2008). "Just the facts, Ma'am". The Critics. A Critic at Large. The New Yorker 84.
- — (April 27, 2009). "The Humbug". The Critics. A Critic at Large. The New Yorker. Retrieved 2015-12-11. Edgar Allan Poe
- — (March 14, 2011). "Twilight". American Chronicles. The New Yorker 87 (4): 30–35.
- — (January 28, 2013). "The force". The Critics. A Critic at Large. The New Yorker 88 (45): 70–76. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
- — (June 23, 2014). "The disruption machine". Annals of Enterprise. The New Yorker 90. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
- — (May 25, 2015). "To Have and To Hold". Dept. of Justice. The New Yorker. Retrieved 2015-06-15.
- — (July 27, 2015). "Joe Gould's teeth : the long-lost story of the longest book ever written". Annals of Annals. The New Yorker 91 (21): 48–59. Retrieved 2015-12-11.
- Garner, Dwight (October 23, 2014). "Books - Her Past Unchained ‘The Secret History of Wonder Woman,’ by Jill Lepore". New York Times. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
- "The Public Historian - A Conversation with Jill Lepore". Humanities Magazine. September–October 2009.
- "Jill Lepore", Faculty, Harvard University, accessed 12 Oct 2010
- "Jill Lepore". Harvard Open Scholar. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- Lepore, Jill (1999). The Name of War. Vintage. pp. Preface. ISBN 978-0375702624.
- "The New Yorker - Contributors". The New Yorker. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- Hale Award Winners Webpage
- "2013 National Book Award Finalists Announced". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- "2013 National Book Awards". NBF. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- Bill Ott (June 30, 2013). "Richard Ford and Timothy Egan Win Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.". Booklist. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- Annalisa Pesek (July 3, 2013). "2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction". Library Journal. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- "ALA Unveils 2013 Finalists for Andrew Carnegie Medals". Publishers Weekly. April 22, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- "A new class of American Fellows". Arts Beat Blog. The New York Times. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- Jennifer Schuessler (February 17, 2015). "A Book Prize for Wonder Woman". New York Times. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
- History Department faculty profile at Harvard University
- Column archive at The New Yorker
- Riggenbach, Jeff (March 18, 2011). "Is the Tea Party's Revolution Serious?". Mises Daily (Ludwig von Mises Institute). – reviews The Whites of Their Eyes
- Appearances on C-SPAN